Pub hit by kitchen blaze set to relaunch after refurbishment

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A Belper pub whose kitchen was gutted during a fire is set to start serving food again this weekend after a major refurbishment.

In July, firefighters were called to The Devonshire pub, located on Bridge Street.

A Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said the incident was a chip pan fire in an outbuilding at the premises.

Police were called to the scene to direct traffic as the A6 was blocked while the incident was being dealt with.

At the time a Derbyshire police spokeswoman said the fire was not being treated as suspicious.

Since the blaze owners at the pub have been working hard to restore the popular venue.

Landlord of The Devonshire, Steve Meath, said the pub had suffered from a loss of trade in the two months since the fire.

He added: “We had a kitchen fire in July and it’s taken nine weeks to have it refurbished.

“We will be openingthe new kitchen with a new menu on Friday.”